Bhopal:Monday, August 18 :The present water level of Indira Sagar reservoir is 254 meter against the full reservoir level of 262.13 M. It indicates that effect of backwater is far off. Thus agitation in certain villages of reservoir area claiming the submergence due to backwater effect is not true.
It may be mentioned here that villages of the area had been misled that their villages would be submerged due to the backwater effect of reservoir thus involving them for Jal Satyagrah. The much publicized village gehalgaon is also over and above the backwater effect as its submergence level is 260.59 M. Thus no question of backwater arises.
It may be mentioned here that government had included all eligible affected families under rehabilitation policy and had extended help and cash benefits according to provisions. Thus there was no reason for any threat of sudden submergence of any village. It may also to be noted here that ISP reservoir had been filled at the level of 258 M. in last Monsoon. To care the affected families of reservoir areas emergency plan had also been prepared for all reservoirs of valley including Indira Sagar. The plan is aimed at extending every help to the needy families in Monsoon, which includes transportation to safer places, providing food and medical facilities and other basic requirement like shelter, electricity and drinking water. The state government has appealed the villagers not to get confused and put trust on government for there rehabilitation rights.